Guided Imagery is a unique, practical guide to using imagery in one-to-one therapeutic work with clients. Through numerous examples drawn from their own experience, the authors show how the techniques involved can be integrated into everyday practice. The authors describe the different processes of using guided imagery and working from a script and show how drawing can be used to augment imagery work. In addition to planned strategies for using imagery, they also show how images which arise spontaneously during sessions can be harnessed and used to enhance the therapeutic process. The practical strategies and techniques outlined in the book are examined in the context of a variety of theoretical frameworks (the person-centered approach, gestalt, existentialism and psychosynthesis) and research findings.

Using Drawing to Explore Imagery

Using drawing to explore imagery

Colleague: I first ‘drew my tree’ when I was training to be a teacher. I was a bit sceptical but intrigued when Eric suggested it, and decided to have a go. My tree was a personal revelation and I can still see it as vividly today as the day I drew it, 30 years ago. Until that moment, I had never been able to acknowledge the vitality and enthusiasm for life, that I saw staring out at me from my branches and foliage. My poor self-image meant that I had never been able to admit a strength of purpose and commitment which were etched in every line of the trunk and root systems. For the first ...

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